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Coral in Concert

Deep-sea coral and sponge communities are often hot spots of biodiversity, providing important habitat for life within deep ocean waters. As the ocean knows no boundaries, NOAA has a responsibility to study these communities both inside and outside of U.S. waters. The area explored in the Musicians Seamounts during the Deep-Sea Symphony expedition hosted some of the most-dense coral and sponge communities encountered throughout the entire CAPSTONE project in the Pacific.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts.

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